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Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Could Make Your Brain 11 Years Younger

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 3:40 pm on March 10, 2018

New research shows that daily servings of leafy greens may improve brain health A recent study Neurology – a journal published by the American Academy of Neurology researchers found that healthy seniors who had daily helpings of leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens had a slower rate of cognitive decline, scoring better on memory and thinking skill tests, compared to those who tended to eat little or no greens. The study suggests that after five years, people who regularly consume leafy greens enjoyed a mental edge that was the equivalent of 11 years in age. Over five years, the pattern of mental aging differed markedly in the two test groups. Study participants who …

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Fragrant Chicken, Lentil and Bone Broth Stew Recipe

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 3:19 pm on March 10, 2018

Chicken, Lentil and Bone Broth Stew Cook a tasty and senior-friendly meal with this nutritious soup recipe Chicken, Lentil and Bone Broth Stew Preparation Time:  45 minutes Difficulty:  Easy Servings:  2-4 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil, divided 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small strips and seasoned with salt and pepper 1/2 small carrot, grated 2 medium Spanish (yellow) onion, peeled and cut into small pieces 1 stalk celery finely diced ½ tsp cumin powder Clove of garlic, peeled and minced 1 ½ cups rich chicken bone broth, water or vegetable stock 425 grams can organic lentils Green onion, thinly sliced 1 tsp apple cider vinegar Sea salt and pepper to taste Preparation First of …

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The Art of Aging Well

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 2:42 pm on March 10, 2018

Promote healthy longevity aging with these tips on creating an engaging and meaningful life In 1900 if you lived to the age of 47 you were old. Today life expectancy has almost doubled to the age of 89. The probability that you will live to a ripe old age is better than ever before in human history. As life expectancy increases, there is much to consider to ensure that you age well and happily. More people than ever before have access to clean air and water, healthy food and housing, immediately increasing overall mortality rates substantially. In addition, personal awareness and knowledge about self-care has been gaining momentum and revolutionizing and empowering us to improve …

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Why One Researcher Believes a World Free of Age-Related Disease is Possible

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:56 am on January 27, 2018

      Research suggests the possibility of creating anti-aging treatments As postulated in a TED talk in Munich last year1, British biologist and SENS Research Foundation (SRF) co-founder Dr. Aubrey de Grey, believes in a future world in which no one ages. As Chief Science Officer at SRF, he believes the first person who will live to be 1,000 has already been born, and that the “aging problem” will be solved within 20 years. De Grey looks at aging as merely another disease – and one that is curable. Healthy Longevity & Living Forever Aging has led to the inevitable decline of all biological organisms since life first began on planet Earth; mortality is …

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Dementia What Early Dementia Looks Like and How to Care for It

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:27 am on January 27, 2018

      Dementia is a term that describes a range of symptoms that indicate an overall mental decline. It can be difficult to determine whether a person is suffering from dementia or age-related, memory loss because many of the symptoms are the same. When diagnosing, physicians must take into account many different factors and combine them to determine if the early stages of dementia are present. There are many early signs, and if you know some of these you’ll understand how to best care for it. It is important to remember that one incident of memory loss does not mean your loved one has dementia. These signs and symptoms must occur repeatedly over a …

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Caregiver Traits Every Great Caregiver Needs

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:11 am on January 27, 2018

Discover the qualities that will make you a great caregiver Becoming a caregiver may be a role you never saw yourself in. But now a family member or loved one is depending on you for their care. Are you wondering if you are the right type of person for this role? What are the traits you will need to be to be a good caregiver? The most essential quality is one you already have. The ability to care for a loved one and the willingness to dedicate part of your life to ensure their well being starts you off on the right track to becoming a good caregiver. Keep in mind that not everything will …

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How to Spot the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 10:52 am on December 3, 2017

The Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Normal Aging We all lose our keys and forget where we put our reading glasses as we get older. It’s normal. It’s also not uncommon to occasionally forget a date or appointment, remembering it later. Even younger people can get disoriented and confused due to stress and distraction, or other influences. So, it’s important to understand the early signs of Alzheimer’s versus the characteristics of normal aging.  How Normal Aging and Alzheimer’s Differ According to medical professionals, the following are common early indicators of Alzheimer’s: 1 Memory Loss. Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common, early signs of the disease. It’s not about forgetting something someone said …

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Sage and Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 10:36 am on December 3, 2017

                      Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe. Whether you are cooking for a small crowd, want a simple meal without all of the hassle of a long cooking time or just prefer the white meat, this turkey breast recipe is a delicious easy to prepare and make in a pinch. Most stores stock boneless or partially boned turkey breasts. If turkey isn’t available then chicken breasts would be a delicious alternative Recipe Yield: 1 cooked Turkey Breast Serves 4-6 Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 35-40 minutes Rest Time 10 minutes Tools and Cookware An oven-safe 10-12 inch skillet or cast iron sauté pan Recipe Ingredients 1 …

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The Evolution of Love and Devotion in Dementia Caregiving

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 6:21 pm on October 22, 2017

      Love and Devotion in Dementia Caregiving This week, we have a special guest. Enma Espinoza is not only a dedicated wife, community member and mother, but she is also a devoted caregiver to her husband, Frank, who has advanced stages of dementia. Enma recently was awarded one of our Respite Care grants, in partnership with The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ and Move for Minds, where she spent her time off taking the train along the Santa Barbara coast and exploring the beautiful beaches. We sat down with Enma to discuss some of the highlights and challenges of her caregiving journey, how taking respite improved her emotional well-being, and how dementia transformed the love …

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Five Resilience-Building Practices for the Dementia Caregivers

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 6:27 pm on September 5, 2017

Replacing negative emotions with positive thoughts helps Dementia caregivers build Resilience to overcome trauma and stress. Resilience is a characteristic that helps dementia caregivers bounce back from sadness, exhaustion, and difficulties. It can protect them from developing compassion fatigue and burnout. Psychologists1 define resilience as a person’s ability to recover from hardship. Individuals who are resilient do not allow failure to overwhelm them. Psychologists indicate that those who practice resilience are those who have a positive attitude, optimism, and an ability to control their emotions. These individuals are able to pick themselves up from failure or disappointment and find a way to regroup and move on. The characteristics of resilience can greatly benefit dementia caregivers who …

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